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Joshua Foust


Joshua Foust is an analyst who writes about international security and intelligence issues. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, and has written for the New York Times, Salon, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review and the Columbia Journalism Review. His website is


It’s time for the U.S. to ratify the Law of the Sea

The Law of Sea treaty will enable the U.S. to assert global leadership and navigate an increasingly complex international security environment without relying on its military, writes Joshua Foust.


The uneven playing field of unpaid internships

Joshua Foust asks what it says about our society when access to government jobs is increasingly limited to those applicants who can afford to work for free.


On thought crimes and terror trials

Thought crimes and double standards should not define our fight against jihadist terrorism – sound principles and the rule of law should, writes contributor Joshua Foust.


Memo to NATO: Stay out of Syrian conflict

NATO may talk a big game when it comes to global security, but its ability to affect war and peace outside of Europe is limited, writes contributor Joshua Foust.


A hollow victory: The slow unraveling of Libya

There’s been a months-long string of horrifying stories coming out of Libya that seems to merit mostly shrugs. Joshua Foust asks: What is going on?


When intervention fails

For contributor Joshua Foust, humanitarian interventions are often advocated for and executed with little thought about what the international community will do once they’re over and the messy work of reconciliation and rebuilding begins.


With Putin’s win, a new chance for reset with Russia

Vladimir Putin’s victory in the Russian presidential election may be disappointing, Joshua Foust writes, but it represents a chance for the U.S. and Russia to start anew.


The Stratfor files: Much ado about nothing

Much like Cablegate, WikiLeak’s latest data dump will go a long way toward making both the government and the corporations that work with government agencies more secretive and less transparent, writes contributor Joshua Foust.


Why human rights are not paramount

Contributor Joshua Foust argues that European and U.S. leaders don’t have many options left in their policy arsenal these days when it comes to Central Asia, which explains why human rights don’t and probably shouldn’t take a front seat in foreign policy decision making when it comes to that region.